Tulasi– the Holy Basil.

The north-east corner of most Hindu houses finds an aromatic plant symbolically called Vishnupriya, the love of Vishnu, contained in a flower-pot called the Vrindavan. This is a revered plant and is considered auspicious; the soil in which it is grown is also believed to become pure. Taxonomically the Tulasi belongs to family Labiatae and is called Ocimum Sanctum Linn. It presents itself as the white —shweta—Rama Tulasi popular in ritualistic use and the dark—Krishna Tulasi is predominantly used in medicines. Recent study by a group in Jammu have identified fifty strains world wide. Though the herb is very sturdy and grows in any kind of soil it flourishes best in black fertile soil. The major chemical constituents of Tulasi are Oleanolic acid, Ursolic acid, Rosmarinic acid, Eugenol, Carvacrol, beta_caryophyllene, Linalool Tulasi is a potent antibacterial, antiviral and insecticide. the leaves are processed and distilled the available alkaloid is medicinally used to treat cough, asthma, skin disorder, enhance oxygen levels in the blood, specially use for ladies uterine disorder. It is also a anti-inflammatory and pain-killer. The Tulasi plant is ritualistically believed to release the pranavayu or vital breathe which improve longevity, this is due to the high oxygen levels released by the leaves along with traces of aromatic oils that is breathed in with the waft. Tulasi ritualistically is used very abundantly. Tradition has it that women have to water the Tulasi, at dawn going three rounds, this is believed to purify the sins, Tulasi requires water, this is a symbiotic process where the housewife who inhales carbon monoxide exuded by the traditional cooking fire () is {countered and exposure to the rising sun activates the vit.D3 levels. Another reason for the insistence of growing Tulasi in one’s home was to have it available for home remedies. As its presence ensures a house free of insects and related ill-health, the security of antiseptic and emergency medicine Tulasi attains the honor of being the purifier of all sins in Hindu culture and mythology and the house is believed to be sanctified with its presence


By Dr.Archana Gaonkar


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